Smooth coneflower.

We’re now on the round two review of model results from the project “Improving the connection between restricted range and at-risk species conservation and the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint.” Thanks to all of you who’ve already provided feedback. That said,  we could always use a few additional eyes.

As you probably remember, the Blueprint is about the overall integrity of the ecosystems. That means it’s supposed to cover not just large charismatic species, but also the full suite of restricted range and at-risk species that are such a core part of the diversity of the South. In some earlier tests, there were indications that indicators like resilient biodiversity hotspots weren’t doing a great job of capturing some disturbance-dependent range-restricted and at-risk species.

This project is a collaboration with the Natural Heritage Programs within the South Atlantic. It seeks to develop distribution models for smooth coneflower, Piedmont fameflower, chaffseed, Michaux’s sumac, Southern hognose snake, striped newt, gopher frog, pondberry, frosted flatwoods salamander, and Curtiss’ loosestrife.

If you’d like to review the latest results, and you have some time over the next few weeks, please contact Anne Chazal (Anne.Chazal@dcr.virginia.gov, 804-786-9014).

Also, consider tuning into this month’s Third Thursday Web Forum on July 20th at 10 am! Along with Jon Oetting of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Anne will be talking about progress on this project to date.